A double chin is caused by the storage of extra fat under the skin around the neck and chin area. It may occur due a number of factors such as:
- Excess weight
- Lack of physical activity
- Excessive consumption of high-calorie foods
The surgical way to get rid of a double chin is known as chin liposuction. If you are planning to opt for a surgery, then it's important that you do some research first to determine if this is the right step for you.
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia of the neck region. A very small catheter is introduced through the tiny incisions that are made, and the fat is suctioned out. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. After this, the surgeon puts a pad underneath the chin and wraps a compressive bandage around the neck and head.
After the surgery is over you are required to wear a compressive bandage. It wraps around your head and will help hold the incision and the treated area firmly in place. You might be asked to wear this for a few days. Moreover, you might need to take special care for the next 24-48 hours after surgery. Minor swelling and bruising is normal after surgery. The recovery does not take more than a week.
The cost ranges from USD 2000 to USD 4000, and it includes the surgeon's professional fees, the anesthesiologist's fees, and the fees for the clinical facility lease.
As the nerve that controls the lower lip runs through the area of your neck that is subjected to liposuction, there is a rare possibility of paralyzing or weakening of this nerve. This might lead to an uneven smile. Following are some other risk factors associated with this surgery:
- Seromas (fluid collection)
- Need for additional surgery
The most important thing you need to do after planning to undergo a surgery is to choose the right surgeon. You can get a referral from your regular physician in order to have a trusted, experienced, and reputed surgeon. Remember, only a good surgeon can ensure you the best results.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.